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The Prof is in...Emanuelle Caplette

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Ms.Caplette can’t seem to get her words out today.  She informs us that she’s picked up a bad throat infection (hence the whisper), but she’s still smiling and it’s not going to stop her playing some drums too.  The audience don’t seem to mind at all (the large auditorium is just over half capacity for this multi-clinic show) filled as it is with drum enthusiasts (you know the ones that actually attend shows) eager to see her play.  She doesn’t make it over to the UK much (and definitely not to Manchester where we’re all sat now, at the inaugural...

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The Prof is in...Cindy Blackman-Santana

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The subject of this blog is the current drummer of latin/jazz/rock/funk supergroup Santana and is in fact married to the leader of said band, the very spiritual guitar virtuoso, Carlos Santana. Cindy Blackman (as she was way back when) came to my attention (and everyone elses) by backing Lenny Kravitz in the iconic video to his hit single ‘Are you gonna go my way?’ (we weren’t sure which way that was but we all followed just in case it got even more exciting).  She put in all the right moves on the video (much to do with some great editing...

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The Prof is in...Zoro

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If there was one drummer responsible for schooling the rest of us in the history of the funk, it may well be Zoro.  He wears a hat, is always impeccably turned out and has such a smooth groove, L’Oreal would do well to bottle it. He is an ordained minister, motivational speaker and all around good guy.  He even finds the time to put out fabulous educational books and DVD’s too (‘The Commandments of R&B Drumming’ – Alfred Publishing).  He’s played with a plethora of artists from the old school (note the spelling young people) R&B of Frankie Valli (go...

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The Prof is in...Carlos Vega

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In this blog I'd like to turn the spotlight on a drummer and musician that not many of you may know.  I came across the drummer in question through a friend of mine (a fine drummer and educator) who directed me to a live recording by James Taylor (and for those who already know, give yourselves a pat on the back and go and put the kettle on).  The track in question was 'Country Road' (a set list staple) and the bit he wanted me to listen to was the breakdown section at the end.  'Just check the drummer out'...

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The Prof is in...Stewart Copeland

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This blog brings us around to a member of a group of drummers that grace the pages of most of the worlds drum magazines on a fairly regular basis.  He has been instrumental in influencing a plethora of players with his urgent, cross-cultural style and a strong tie to a very authentic reggae feel.  He has composed pieces for Gamelan (look it up, it's tuned percussion and it sounds fab) and orchestra, scored for films and TV shows and golf-gloved (white, Foot-joy if you're interested) his way through turbulent times with the band he's most known for, The Police. The...

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